Barbara Meier (born July 25 1986 in Amberg, Germany) is a German fashion model and winner of the second cycle of Germany's Next Topmodel.
Born in the small Bavarian
town of Amberg, Barbara Meier didn't originally aspire a career in modelling. Instead, after graduating from school, she enrolled at the Fachhochschule Regensburg
in order to study mathematics
While shopping at a local mall, she was invited by a model scout to a casting
for Germany's Next Topmodel
. Out of 16,421 participants in the national casting, she was chosen among the 15 candidates to appear on the TV show.
In the course of the show, she had to face a series of challenges in order to outrival her contestants. Even before the end of the show, one of these minor competitions had her win a leading role alongside Heidi Klum
in a nationwide TV commercial
In the last episode, she outpaced the other two finalists, brunette Hana and blonde Anni, and was declared winner of the title "Germany's Next Topmodel". The prize included a contract with the modelling agency IMG Models in Paris, an appearance on the cover of the German edition of Cosmopolitan in August 2007 and a contract as the face of the next advertising campaign for the clothing company C&A.
After Germany's Next Topmodel Meier was on the cover of many German magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Icon, Style International and appeared in many international magazines such as Vogue (Taiwan), Natural Style (Italy), Madame Figaro (Russia), L'Officiel (France), Jolie and Celebrity Magazine (both from Germany). She was also the face of many advertising campaigns such as Pantene, Disneyland Resort Paris, Wrigley and C&A. In July 2008 she received a contract with IMG Models in Milan because of a huge demand in Italy.
In her private life, Meier has been in a steady relationship since 2003.